Credit to you for your optimism. I was optimistic heading into this offseason tha they could dump Lance, make some small signings and, with the progress from the young players and Lance out of the picture they could pick up right where they left off with another top ten pick in tow. So what did they do? Completely overhaul the roster because Golden State won a championship over LeBron and scrubs. I'd be more optimistic if there appeared to be any semblance of a plan, but as I said earlier, it appears we just go with the flavor of whatever worked the previous season instead of establishing our own identity and building a young team and team culture. That's what troubles me the most in all this, and until that changes this franchise will never have any sustained success.
I remember getting excited over Hurney's spending spree after 2-14 and alot of the moves he made, too. It's fan nature to try and justify the moves of the team you root for. But this is exasperating. It's not so much a suicide hotline as it is coming to terms with the fact that 1. We don't have very good young talent (and certainly not enough to justify passing up multiple first rounders) 2. We passed on Justise Winslow with offers on the table and most alarming 3. Our front office clearly doesn't have a cohesive direction, let alone know what it's doing. I am all for being a homer, but eventually you gotta call it like it is. Lowe is not some Fansided hack. He's a good, fair writer and that's a good, fair piece. It's completely fair to question why this franchise has zero playoff wins in its existence and doesn't appear to be headed toward a title anytime soon. But who am I kidding. This is the same board that has skewered Gettleman despite the great draft picks, savvy FA signings and willingness to make the tough, not-well-liked moves with an eye on the future.
Sure, everything move-wise can be justified, but that picture of the front office is just damning. Way too many cooks in the kitchen when it was thought that wouldn't be the case when Cho was hired. First it was "let's build via the draft like the Thunder." Then it was "let's grind out wins like Memphis." Now it's "let's just shoot like Golden State." MJ will never win the championship he's trying so hard to get if he doesn't stick to a plan designed to get us there. What's sad is that one could reasonably argargue the moves MJ favored were better than Cho's.
Didn't Hester run one back that day or was that a different Chicago game? I remember Tim Jennings returning a punt for a touchdown in this game, too. To answer the OP, pretty much any game from 2012 that was lost when leading in the 4th quarter, especially that infamous Falcons game and the Bills game which began the "Riverboat" era. In hindsight, we should have seen 2012 coming after having the same thing happen during Cam's rookie year, but 2-14 was so awful, a "fun" 6-10 season where we found a franchise QB might as well have been a playoff team.
Well, that was awful. And the worst part is it's not like Jamaica didn't deserve it. Our back four is brutal. We lack creativity again. Back to the drawing board. Oh yeah, and put an important game in Atlanta. What could go wrong? Give CONCACAF the Panama-Jamaica final they deserve.
It's not anything against any of the players we acquired, but this is just such a "Charlotte" move in an offseason full of "Charlotte" moves after we appeared to be bucking that trend last season. That's what is most disheartening.
NBC does a great job in terms of the production. It's not the best theme, but when you hear it, you know it's a big game. Al Michaels may not be the best PxP, but you associate him with calling the big games. The Fox chord progression is iconic and instantly gets you in the football spirit despite Fox trying to run it into the ground by using it on every one of their other sports platforms. But as a fan of "epic" symphonic metal music E.S Prometheus and the CBS intro is my favorite. Great for intros, highlight montages, etc. As someone pointed out, NBA on NBC is the GOAT, and as someone who grew up watching hockey on ESPN I miss the Hockey Night theme. When NBC broadcasts the men's basketball in the Olympics they'll dust off Roundball Rock and ESPN did the same with Hockey Night this past year when they had the Frozen Four.